Dr. Keisha McIntosh Allen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Allen’s research focuses on how issues of race, culture, and identity influence teaching and learning for Black and Brown youth, particularly as teachers engage them in asset and humanizing pedagogies. Her research also examines culturally informed initiatives and practices that help to recruit and induct Black pre-service teachers and retain in-service teachers in the profession. Her current work examines how Black teachers engage spirituality within their professional lives. Her research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals focusing on urban and multicultural education, including Urban Education, Journal of Multicultural Education, and Teachers College Record. She received the Cultivating New Voices Fellowship from the National Council of Teachers of English. Dr. Allen earned her doctorate degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in urban and multicultural education, and a master’s in teaching and bachelor’s degree from Hampton University.